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Volume 5, Number 7
Februard 13, 2006

Physical sciences and technology

Dark matter
Ongoing galaxy formation
Transistor lasers
Detection of mini-black-holes
Magnetoresistive random-access memory
Alternative to dark energy
Testing string theory with micro-black holes
Milky Way capture of stars from globular clusters
Strange quark stars
Extrasolar planets
Bose-Einstein condensates
Carbon nanotubes
Titania nanotubes for solar cells
Hydrogen production
Quantum statistical mechanics
Nanophotonics
High-energy cosmic rays
Supernovae
Measuring "spacetime foam"
Global warming
Machine perception
Pulsars
Radial Velocity Experiment
"Evanescent wave" computer chip lithography

Life sciences

Avian flu
Diabetes
Telomerase structure
Cancer
Brain-imaging studies
Diet and metabolic syndrome
Innateness of language features
Animal discrimination of human language
Alzheimer's disease
Resveratrol and longevity
Low-fat diets
Genetics and reading ability
Tuberculosis
Brain sensitivity to 1/f-distributed sounds
AIDS
Antibiotics
Cell version of DNA chip
Genetic changes involved in speciation
Prions
Sympatric speciation
Regulatory T cells and atherosclerosis
Sensation of movement
Gene therapy
Protein dynamics
DNA repair gene and metabolic syndrome
Weight-control hormone
Sexuality in microbes
Evolution of human walking
Evolution of cell signaling pathways
Hepatitis C
Stem cells
Myosins
Grapefruit and cholesterol levels
Protein folding
Protein folding diseases
BDNF and social learning
Spinal nerve regeneration
Z-DNA
Memory
Early-stage virus infection


Dark matter

References:
  1. February 5, 2006 - Dark matter comes out of the cold
  2. February 6, 2006 - 'Tepid' temperature of dark matter revealed
  3. February 6, 2006 - Study sheds light on dark matter
  4. February 6, 2006 - Research into dwarf galaxies starts to unlock the deep secrets of dark matter
  5. February 6, 2006 - Dark matter warms up
  6. February 7, 2006 - Shining Light on Dark Matter
  7. February 13, 2006 - Dark matter sure is a fast mover
  8. February 21, 2006 - Milky Way vs. Andromeda: Study Settles Which Is More Massive
Background


Ongoing galaxy formation

References:
  1. February 6, 2006 - Ongoing Growth: Galaxies Grab Intergalactic Gas
Background


Transistor lasers

References:
  1. February 6, 2006 - Transistor Laser Functions As Non-linear Electronic Switch, Processor - also here, here, here
Background


Detection of mini-black-holes

References:
  1. February 6, 2006 - Looking for Black Holes in the Atmosphere
Background


Magnetoresistive random-access memory

References:
  1. February 7, 2006 - Toshiba and NEC Develop World's Fastest, Highest Density MRAM
Background


Alternative to dark energy

References:
  1. February 7, 2006 - Theorists claim dark energy does not exist
  2. February 13, 2006 - Who Needs Dark Energy?
Background


Testing string theory with micro-black holes

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - SLAC Physicists Develop Test For String Theory
Background


Milky Way capture of stars from globular clusters

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Milky Way accused of million-star theft
  2. February 8, 2006 - Milky Way Steals Stars from Nearby Cluster
  3. February 8, 2006 - How To Steal A Million Stars? - also here, here
  4. February 9, 2006 - A Stripped-Down Globular
  5. February 13, 2006 - Theft of a million stars
  6. February 14, 2006 - Recount Results: A Million Stars Missing
Background


Strange quark stars

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Seeing 'Strange' Stars
Background


Extrasolar planets

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - NASA's Spitzer Uncovers Hints Of Mega Solar Systems - also here, here
  2. February 8, 2006 - Disks encircling hypergiant stars may spawn planets in inhospitable environment - also here
  3. February 8, 2006 - 'Big' Discovery: Hypergiant Stars Might Harbor Planets - also here
  4. February 9, 2006 - Dusty discs found around hypergiant stars
Background


Bose-Einstein condensates

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Calculating with Bose condensates
Background


Carbon nanotubes

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Researchers Fired Up About Battery Alternative: Nanotube Structures Key To Work - also here, here, here
  2. February 8, 2006 - Model explains how electron beams make nanotubes visible
  3. February 8, 2006 - Adding Nanotubes Makes Ordinary Materials Absorb Vibration - also here, here, here
  4. February 9, 2006 - Chemists Cook Up New Strain Of Carbon Nanotubes - also here, here
  5. February 10, 2006 - Nanotubes arrayed on sapphire
Background


Titania nanotubes for solar cells

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Titania nanotubes make better solar cells - also here, here, here
Background


Hydrogen production

References:
  1. February 9, 2006 - Scientists develop new inexpensive technology to produce hydrogen
Background


Quantum statistical mechanics

References:
  1. February 9, 2006 - Researchers 'Rewrite The Book' In Quantum Statistical Physics - also here, here, here
Background


Nanophotonics

References:
  1. February 9, 2006 - NEC Develops Novel Silicon Nanophotonics Technology for Optical Interconnections
Background


High-energy cosmic rays

References:
  1. February 9, 2006 - On the Scent of a Pre-Historic Particle Accelerator?
Background


Supernovae

References:
  1. February 10, 2006 - Stars hum themselves to death
Background


Measuring "spacetime foam"

References:
  1. February 10, 2006 - How foamy is spacetime?
Background


Global warming

References:
  1. February 10, 2006 - Medieval Diaries Aid Scientists Ascertain Increase In Hot Spots Due To Global Warming - also here, here
  2. February 10, 2006 - Climate 'warmest for millennium'
  3. February 10, 2006 - Heat Wave of the Millennium
Background


Machine perception

References:
  1. February 10, 2006 - Biology Inspires Perceptive Machines - also here, here, here
Background


Pulsars

References:
  1. February 10, 2006 - A Neutron Star Spins Toward Intergalactic Space
Background


Radial Velocity Experiment

References:
  1. February 10, 2006 - RAVE-ING Success As Generations Of Astronomers Survey The Stars
  2. February 12, 2006 - First RAVE Data Release Offers Clues To Milky Way Evolution - also here, here
  3. February 14, 2006 - Sucked in! Our galaxy eats neighbour
Background


"Evanescent wave" computer chip lithography

References:
  1. February 10, 2006 - Breakthrough Computer Chip Lithography Method Developed at RIT - also here, here, here
Background


Avian flu

References:
  1. February 6, 2006 - Genes of deadly bird flu reveal Chinese origin
  2. February 9, 2006 - H5N1 bird flu reaches Africa
  3. February 9, 2006 - H5N1 Leaps Into Africa
  4. February 9, 2006 - Bird flu reaches Africa
  5. February 12, 2006 - Bird Flu Detected in Greece, Italy and Bulgaria
  6. February 12, 2006 - Bird Flu Spreads to European Union for First Time
Background


Diabetes

References:
  1. February 6, 2006 - Diabetic Hearts Make Unhealthy Switch To High-fat Diet - also here, here
Background


Telomerase structure

References:
  1. February 6, 2006 - Groovy Protein Essential For Promoting Cancer Development - also here
Background


Cancer

References:
  1. February 6, 2006 - Researchers Break Chain Of Biochemical Events That Brain Cancer Cells Use To Evade Therapy - also here
  2. February 8, 2006 - Vitamin D Inhibits Progression Of Some Prostate Cancers - also here, here
  3. February 9, 2006 - Veggies Contain Chemicals That Boost DNA Repair And Protect Against Cancer - also here
  4. February 9, 2006 - Some vegetables may provide cancer defense
  5. February 9, 2006 - First disease-specific (breast cancer) protein library opens new drug paths
  6. February 10, 2006 - Immune Cells Thwart Prostate Drugs
  7. February 10, 2006 - Inflammatory Reaction Drives Hormone Resistance In Cancer - also here
  8. February 10, 2006 - Macrophage Signaling May Affect Hormone Resistance In Prostate Tumors - also here
Background


Brain-imaging studies

References:
  1. February 6, 2006 - Brain Changes Significantly After Age 18 - also here, here, here
  2. February 6, 2006 - Why the Aging Mind Is Driven to Distraction
  3. February 7, 2006 - Brain scans reveal power of Super Bowl adverts
  4. February 9, 2006 - Brain Images Show Individual Dyslexic Children Respond To Spelling Treatment - also here, here
Background


Diet and metabolic syndrome

References:
  1. February 6, 2006 - Older Adults May Reduce Risk Of Metabolic Syndrome By Eating More Whole Grains - also here
  2. February 7, 2006 - Expert Examines The Cardiovascular Benefits Of A Mediterranean-style Diet
Background


Innateness of language features

References:
  1. February 6, 2006 - Scientists Find Ability For Grammar Hardwired Into Humans - also here
  2. February 7, 2006 - Grammar ability hardwired in humans
  3. February 14, 2006 - Ramparts of Speech
Background


Animal discrimination of human language

References:
  1. February 6, 2006 - Birds can distinguish languages
Background


Alzheimer's disease

References:
  1. February 7, 2006 - Alzheimer's Found To Be Mostly Genetic: Largest Twin Study Ever Undertaken Confirms Highest Estimates Of Genetic Risk - also here
  2. February 7, 2006 - Fruit Fly Reveals A Potential Connection Between Dementia And Cancer
  3. February 7, 2006 - Link discovered between depression and changes in the brain in Alzheimer's disease
  4. February 8, 2006 - History Of Depression Linked To More Brain Plaques And Tangles, Rapid Decline In Alzheimer's Disease
  5. February 9, 2006 - Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Study Launched Nationwide By National Institutes Of Health - also here, here
  6. February 10, 2006 - Neuronal Receptor Response May Help Explain Alzheimer's Memory Loss - also here, here
  7. February 12, 2006 - Alzheimer's risk 'is 80 genetic'
Background


Resveratrol and longevity

References:
  1. February 7, 2006 - Grape Compound Prolongs Life, Fish Study Concludes
  2. February 7, 2006 - Natural Compound Prolongs Lifespan And Delays Onset Of Aging-related Traits In A Short-lived Vertebrate
Background


Low-fat diets

References:
  1. February 7, 2006 - Study Finds Little Benefit From Low-Fat Diets ...
  2. February 8, 2006 - Low-fat diet may not reduce cancer and heart risks
  3. February 8, 2006 - Low-fat Diet's Benefits For Women Less Than Expected - also here
  4. February 8, 2006 - Large study shows low-fat diet has little effect on reducing risk of breast cancer
  5. February 8, 2006 - Low-fat diet does not reduce risk of colorectal cancer
  6. February 8, 2006 - National study finds no effect from reducing total dietary fat
  7. February 8, 2006 - Eating less fat may lower breast-cancer risk, have little impact on colon-cancer, heart-disease risk - also here, here
Background


Genetics and reading ability

References:
  1. February 7, 2006 - Bookworms born not made
Background


Tuberculosis

References:
  1. February 7, 2006 - Ironing Out New Details Of Tuberculosis Infection - also here
Background


Brain sensitivity to 1/f-distributed sounds

References:
  1. February 7, 2006 - Chance, Music, And The Ear Of The Beholder
Background


AIDS

References:
  1. February 7, 2006 - HIV Subtype Predicts Likelihood Of Early Death From AIDS
  2. February 9, 2006 - New Class of Anti-HIV Drug Shows Promise
  3. February 10, 2006 - Tracing HIV's Steps
Background


Antibiotics

References:
  1. February 7, 2006 - Drug resistance may travel same path as quorum sensing
  2. February 9, 2006 - Scientists Re-engineer A Well-known Antibiotic To Counter Drug Resistance - also here
  3. February 9, 2006 - Scientists re-engineer antibiotic
Background


Cell version of DNA chip

References:
  1. February 7, 2006 - Researchers Lay Groundwork For Cell Version Of DNA Chip - also here, here
Background


Genetic changes involved in speciation

References:
  1. February 7, 2006 - Experimental Evolution Of Yeast In The Lab May Illuminate Early Events In Speciation
Background


Prions

References:
  1. February 7, 2006 - Prions' dirty little secret
Background


Sympatric speciation

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Speciation in Place
  2. February 9, 2006 - Palm trees sway evolution experts
  3. February 9, 2006 - Evidence for sympatric speciation
Background


Regulatory T cells and atherosclerosis

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - T Cells to the Rescue
Background


Sensation of movement

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - How the mind senses movement
Background


Gene therapy

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Scientists Force Viruses To Evolve As Better Delivery Vehicles For Gene Therapy - also here, here, here
Background


Protein dynamics

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Proteins' Subtle 'Backrub' Motion Could Have Important Implications - also here
Background


DNA repair gene and metabolic syndrome

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Removing DNA Repair Gene Causes Metabolic Syndrome - also here, here
Background


Weight-control hormone

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Studies of obese children reveal body-weight control hormone
Background


Sexuality in microbes

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Sex: It's Costly But Worth It. Just Ask A Microbe - also here
Background


Evolution of human walking

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Early human ancestors had a wobble in their walk
Background


Evolution of cell signaling pathways

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Cancer researchers found a new mechanism potentially explaining evolution of signalling pathways - also here
Background


Hepatitis C

References:
  1. February 8, 2006 - Landmark study of hepatitis C virus solves mystery that has stymied quest for cure - also here, here
Background


Stem cells

References:
  1. February 9, 2006 - Scientists Testing Stem Cells For Peripheral Artery Disease - also here
Background


Myosins

References:
  1. February 9, 2006 - A New Way Of Looking At Molecular Motors - also here
Background


Grapefruit and cholesterol levels

References:
  1. February 9, 2006 - Red grapefruit appears to lower cholesterol, fight heart disease - also here, here
  2. February 16, 2006 - Daily diet of grapefruit minimizes risk factor for heart disease
Background


Protein folding

References:
  1. February 10, 2006 - Hydrogen bonds shown to play 'conserved' role in protein folding - also here, here, here
Background


Protein folding diseases

References:
  1. February 10, 2006 - A Clue To Core Problem Of Neurodegenerative Disease And Cell Death - also here
Background


BDNF and social learning

References:
  1. February 10, 2006 - Mice Lacking Social Memory Molecule Take Bullying In Stride
  2. February 10, 2006 - Erasing memory helps depressed mice
Background


Spinal nerve regeneration

References:
  1. February 11, 2006 - 'Walk again' drugs to be tested on people
Background


Z-DNA

References:
  1. February 12, 2006 - When Good DNA Goes Bad: 'Backward' DNA Leads To DNA Breaks Associated With Leukemia - also here, here
Background


Memory

References:
  1. February 12, 2006 - Researcher explains how rats think
  2. February 12, 2006 - Mind Rewind: Brains Run in Reverse
  3. February 12, 2006 - Instant replay may help to mould memories
  4. February 13, 2006 - Play it again, brain, but in reverse
  5. February 13, 2006 - Rat Brain's Instant Replay May Be Key to Memory
  6. February 14, 2006 - Rats in a Maze Take a Moment to Remember, but in Reverse
  7. February 14, 2006 - dooF ot yaW sihT
Background


Early-stage virus infection

References:
  1. February 12, 2006 - Biologists Visualize Protein Interaction That May Initiate Viral Infection - also here
Background


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